Your skin is a breeding ground for bacteria
Here’s the science: If you’ve ever done an experiment to find out how much bacteria there is on your skin, you’d be horrified. But before you freak out, you need to know that this is not bad news. The bacteria, or microflora, on your skin is naturally occurring, like your gut microflora. They feed on your dead skin cells and sebum, and there are increasing studies as to why keeping a good balance of skin microflora is key to healthy skin.
Now, when you work out, you sweat. The extra sweat and sebum become a buffet spread for the bacteria, and can cause the healthy balance to go out of whack – especially if you have on makeup which traps dirt and grime and everything that is bad on your skin.
So the bottomline is, removing makeup allows your skin to breathe better, and for your perspiration to evaporate faster from the surface to help you cool down and prevent bad bacteria from thriving.
Your sweat glands and pores open up
Perspiring is your body’s way of bringing down your temperature because you get hot when your engines get going. To perspire, your sweat glands and pores open up. If a layer of makeup is preventing them from breathing properly, it leads to congestion which come in the form of breakouts, blackheads and irritated skin.
Even sweat-proof or makeup applied on places without sweat glands, like your mascara, can clog up your pores
Sweat-proof makeup just means that it doesn’t budge when you sweat, which is potentially worse than something that runs once your perspiration comes into contact with it. And that is only going to be more pore-clogging because of its ability to stay on sweaty skin.
Even mascara should be removed, despite our eyelashes having no sweat glands. If the mascara’s formula is not great, or if you accidentally rub your eyes during your gym session, the mascara may run and cause milia seeds to form around the eyes.
So it’s best to keep your makeup remover in your toiletry bag. We like makeup remover wipes, for the convenience and mess-free use. Here are five of our favourite ones:
Sephora Collection Cucumber Cleansing Wipes, $10
Bifesta Oil In Cleansing Sheet, $3.90
We like the generous size of the cleansing wipe. It also has squalene to keep skin moisturised and enforce its barrier functions.
Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets, $15.60
The Soothing & Refreshing variant is great for pre- and post-workout cleansing. It also has helps remove excess sebum from skin, and is colourant- and alcohol-free.
Mamonde Micro Cleansing Oil Tissue, $18
The tissue is embossed with a pattern to help effectively remove makeup. It uses a botanical cleansing oil so skin doesn’t feel dry afterwards.